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China court rules gay couple cannot marry

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By Euronews
China court rules gay couple cannot marry

<p>Two men in China have had their request to marry rejected by a local court in the country’s first case of its kind. Accompanied by their supporters the application was dismissed within a few hours. Despite that gay rights activists see reason for hope.</p> <p>While homosexuality is not illegal in China and large cities have thriving gay scenes, same-sex marriage is not legal and same-sex couple have no legal protection.</p> <p>However there is a growing awareness of gay issues and the country is becoming more tolerant of homosexuality, which until 2001 was listed as a mental disorder.  </p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Chinese couple lose fight for gay marriage. China still tries “cures” for homosexuality <a href="https://t.co/F5fsgyOrtm">https://t.co/F5fsgyOrtm</a> <a href="https://t.co/uzNFxvHp8j">pic.twitter.com/uzNFxvHp8j</a></p>— The Economist (@TheEconomist) <a href="https://twitter.com/TheEconomist/status/720266351495909376">April 13, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>